About Me

I have always been a shy person, but when I turned 13 I also became apologetic. I was sorry for being in everybody’s way. I was sorry for being a burden on my family and peers. And I was sorry for being of no physical value in the world I lived in. My only friends were able bodied individuals and my greatest ambition was to be like them. But “keeping up with the Jones” was impossible. It took me twice as long to do anything, not to mention finishing my secondary and university education. In 2009, at the ripe old age of 28, I began my first job and forced to face the reality of who I was.

As a social worker and advocate for the Community Learning & Living Department at Yooralla, I met people with disabilities who amazed me like no-one before. They were happy in their skins. They were passionate about the disability community. They were leading the life they themselves chose to lead. And they showed me that there was no need for me to be sorry. It made me realise I can do what I never thought was possible — travel on my own.

And so I did. To New York City.

It was at the same time that I discovered my ability to write and I began blogging about my journey from apologetic existentialism to unapologetic experietialism. The FD community in New York City were my biggest cheer squad.

Today, I am joyfully working as a writer for the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID). The stories and articles that come out of my new found and proud voice speak about the lived experience of disability and the capability of living a life in full motion. I am still a little bit shy but not at all sorry anymore. My story is your story. So let’s move on together.


18 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Tully,

    I am very excited for you to be travelling to N.Y and undertaking this brave and challenging adventure. I will be following your blog with interest and feel privileged to be doing so. I am sure you will have a lot of fun and learn much about yourself and the world.

    There is a family saying we have which I always told my boys when they travelled.

    ‘Right foot first’. Blessings on you.

    Love Lilli xx

  2. What an achiever. There is no-one that would not be proud of you dear Tully. May all your dreams come true.
    With love Fay and Nick

  3. Tully, you are amazing!! Isn’t NY fabulous. I think, for my sake you need to name the cafes and restaurants so I know where you are. You really are an inspiration. Keep having a wonderful time whilst the rest of us here in Melbourne look after mum and dad.
    Lots of Love Penny

  4. Hi Tully, great blog, great time you are having, in a great City. Best of Luck Allan Gory. PS Did you fix your flat tyre?

  5. Hello –I found your Blog onBing. I must say, I’m impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs and information was very easy to access.Pretty awesome.

  6. Dear Tully,
    I saved ur CV somewhere 2 go back and read it whenever I feel m up to a challenge.. U r an iron woman and I admire that about you a great deal.. Thnx so much for being such a sweet source of inspiration for a girl like me
    Plz accept my dearest wishes right from the middle East,

  7. Hi Tully,
    My name is Lisa Eichlin and I wrote a children’s book called “The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew”. This book is about a boy named Michael who tells about his best friend who is disabled. I wrote this book to show that just because someone is disabled doesn’t mean they can’t have the same likes, dislikes, talents and interests as other people. The Bravest boy is based on my cousin who lived with FD for 43 years. My cousin Michael was an amazing person who lived every day to the fullest. I wish more people could have learned about disabled people the way he taught me. Part of the proceeds from my book are donated to FD in his memory. Thanks, Lisa

  8. Hi Tully I have been reading your blog with great admiration, but must admit also with an ulterior motive……to see what the future holds for my granddaughter Emily (FD) (she will be 16 this year). You met them some time ago. Your achievements and positive approach to life certainly should help to motivate her although she is the happiest and uncomplicated child that can be, .Another interesting connection, I belive you met my other granddaughter Jordana who presents a legal segment at the same radio station. Wish you all the best Gizelle

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  10. Tully, your empowerment is contagious, keep bloging, keep challenging and keep going, its people like you that keep people like me on track and looking!

    My shout for that Latte` when next we meet

    Kevin and Nez

  11. Tully, Derek again from 10 feet tall. We did the workshop with you and Yooralla. I think it would be amazing if you documented your New York experience, in its entirety. Your thoughts, feelings, achievements, what inspirations while you’re there, all on smartphone or i-movie it could make a compelling, interesting and inspiring piece to inspire everyone and anyone. You express yourself so clearly.
    Keep in touch.

  12. Hi Tully

    I hope all is well with you all and you’re having a great time. Hey is there any way Jeanette can contact me asap via email? We need to sort out Ningalloo Accom etc pretty soon.

    When will you be making land? Hope all is well. Love to all.
    Lymps xx

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